On this day in 1981, Fernando Valenzuela pitched his 7th shutout of the season.
It was an amazing rookie season for young Valenzuela: 13-7, 2.48 ERA, 11 complete games and 8 shutouts. It earned him NL Rookie of the Year and Cy Young.
We remind that 1981 was a "strike years" and teams lost about 50 games to the labor stoppage. He would probably won 20 in a regular season, as he did a couple of times in his career.
Then he beat Houston in the first round, clinched the NL pennant against Montreal and won game 3 against New York in the 1981 post season.
Valenzuela won 173 games and threw a ton of innings for the Dodgers in the 1980's.
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